Who Needs Reachout Radio?
Thousands of people in our area are unable to read normal text due to a visual or physical handicap. You can help by telling someone you know about WXXI Reachout Radio. Each day volunteers read local and regional newspapers, magazines and books over our closed-circuit broadcast.
WXXI Reachout Radio provides these people with access to news and information they can use to live more independently. WXXI Reachout Radio is a radio reading service that provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines and books for people who are print handicapped. In addition to print publications, WXXI Reachout Radio's schedule features information of particular interest to people with limited vision, grocery advertisements, television schedules, news about local and national blindness organizations and computer technology for people with visual impairments.
To find out more about accessing Reachout Radio or to become a volunteer, call Reachout Radio at (585) 258-0333. Reachout Radio is made possible in partnership with The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill.
Understanding Visual Conditions
Did you know that macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in the Western world? However, other eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa can steal a person's ability to read standard print. In addition, many physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, stroke, severe arthritis, dyslexia, AIDS and brain injuries prohibit individuals from holding a book or newspaper, or comprehending the printed word. In the greater Rochester area alone, there are more than 40,000 people who are unable to access standard print information due to a disabling condition.
Rollover each circle with your mouse to see what a person with this condition would see.
Reachout Radio is made possible in partnership with The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill (ABVI)